Migrating Shared Content to Plant 3D 2022


In Plant 3D 2022 the shared content folder has changed by moving some files to the install folder instead of being in the shared content folder. These files are not usereditable and are substantial in size. However, this causes an issue where you can no longer use one shared content folder for your content. Plant 3D 2021 does not recognize the 2022 contentconfig.xml settings.

So how do we fix it?

The best workflow we have found is to have a shared content folder for 2021 and earlier and then a folder for 2022. Unfortunately, if you are working on projects in both 2021 and 2022, you will have to maintain both shared content folders separately. The 2021 shared content folder CAN be migrated over to 2022, but once it has been migrated you cannot push it back. Below we have detailed a workflow that solves the problem of using your current (2021 or earlier) shared content in Plant 3D 2022.

  1. Make a backup of both 2022 and 2021 shared content folders.
  2. In your existing content folder (K:\CAD\Plant3d\Catalogs), replace the 2021 ContentConfig.xml with the 2022 ContentConfig.xml
  3. Remove the extraneous files from 2021 (they just take up extra space)
    • metadata folder
    • P3DClassImages folder
    • ValveImages folder
    • metadata.zip
    • ScriptGroup.xml
    • scriptInXls.map
    • variants.map
    • variants.zip
  4. Test Plant 3D 2022 to ensure that content works correctly. We tested using the CS150 spec and tried inserting pipe then elbows and flanges.

Using 2022 Shared Content with previous versions

Autodesk has documented a workflow to take 2022 content and make it work for the previous version below we have included a short synopsis of the steps need to accomplish this. We have also included a link that details the process for this workflow.


  1. Copy the Plant 3D 2022 Shared Content Folder and rename it as needed.
  2. (Optional) If you want to use the 2022 content folder then it will be necessary to change the location of the Shared Content folder
  3. Copy and paste all CPak’s and auxiliary folders from the current shared content folder (excluding the CPak Common, and Schema folders and the ContentConfig.xml)
  4. Make changes as noted (see screenshot on Autodesk Knowledge Network page)
  5. Open the ContentScripts folder from the path “C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2022\PLNT3D\ContentScripts” and copy all the content from this folder. Then paste choosing the “Replace the files in the destination” in the content in the CPak Common Folder from the shared content folder.
  6. Make changes as noted in the article to the “Contentconfig.xml” file in the 2022 content folder.
  7. Launch Plant 3D 2022, and previous versions of the content should start working.

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